Paris atelier provides protected breakwater for banished artists


PARIS (Reuters) – Paris, whose independent enlightenment captivated some of a world’s excellent painters during a spin of a 20th century, is opening a doors to a new call of talent, driven a approach this time by fight and poverty.

Lina Aljijakli, a 35-year-old Syrian innate in a now war-ravaged city of Hama, is one of a record series of immigrants seeking haven in France. Her art is being exhibited during a grand Palais Royal along with works by 14 other banished artists.

She pronounced leisure of countenance was compromised in Syria, where a seven-year polite fight has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions from their homes.

“You never knew what could happen. You could get arrested, get killed,” Aljijakli told Reuters TV.

A vast studio in Paris’ 18th arrondissement has turn a dedicated workspace for some 150 banished artists from countries such as Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Iran. It has supposing Aljijakli with a refuge from where she can demonstrate her emotions on canvas.

One of her works on arrangement in a former stately house shows faces of women and children summarized opposite a blue background.

The description represents a pang of Syrian women detained and distant from their children, she says, of women harm by aerial bombardments and of women who make a hazardous sea-crossing in hunt of safety.

Judith Depaule, who runs a atelier, sees a artists as a latest section in a artistic story of a city that gave arise to Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Cubism, and is synonymous with artists from Picasso and Van Gogh to Hemingway and Beckett.

“So it’s about time that tradition is renewed,” Depaule said. “Art and French enlightenment have a lot to learn from this melting pot, from this grant from other cultures.”

Another artist is Syrian filmmaker Mohammad Hijazi. Aged 29, he applauded a event Paris has supposing though wants to be famous for some-more than only his description of war.

“My wish is … to tell a universe that we are means to furnish work not simply since we have a fight or a rebel or a dispute or fighting.”

Reporting By Michaela Cabrera; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Richard Lough and Catherine Evans


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